Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault -- 1985 Coors Classic
Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault
1985 Coors Classic Bicycle Race
Greg LeMond (foreground) and Bernard Hinault, teammates on team Celestial Seasonings / La Vie Claire, prepare to roll for their warm-up laps prior to the Old Sacramento Criterium, the third stage of the 1985 Coors Classic bicycle race. The criterium was known for its brutal stretch of cobblestone roadway (visible in the background) that took a toll on riders and equipment alike. Earlier that day, the riders completed a stage from Napa to Sacramento, California.
Hinault had won the Tour de France just weeks earlier, both aided and challenged by Lemond who came in second. It was LeMond, though, who won the 1985 Coors Classic and went on in 1986 to become the first American to win the Tour de France. The last Coors Classic bicycle race was held in 1988. Beginning In 2006, the Amgen Tour of California finally filled the void of large scale professional road cycling races in California.
Hinault won the Tour de France five times (1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, and 1985).
LeMond was a three time Tour de France champion (1986, 1989, and 1990).
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